Sweet Home City Parks
Located on 11th Avenue north of Hwy 20. This beautiful park is 3.49 verdant acres situated on the shady shores of the South Santiam River. It has easy access to a small beach; there are several picnic areas throughout the park including down by the river and at the top of the river bank. A playground is available for families with small children and, for the athletic enthusiast, Northside provides a variety of sporting possibilities via the on-site horseshoe pit and baseball field as well as tennis, handball, racquetball and basketball courts. Restrooms and barbeque grills are also available.
Located in the center of town just off 14th Avenue to the south of Hwy 20 this flourishing 16.85 acre park possess large fir trees interspersed with lush green lawns and thick foliage on the hillside. Ames Creek meanders past the park and under historical Weddle covered bridge which was moved from its original location near Scio, Oregon and placed at the park in 1989. The bridge connects the park to the school district athletic fields and both the park and school district lands house the Oregon Jamboree each summer.
Sankey Park was the first park developed in Sweet Home (in 1935) and has three historic structures located on the lower grounds; the bandstand, gazebo and the Hut offer electricity and can be reserved by various community groups. The lower level also contains three large, upgraded playground areas with age appropriate structures. Picnic tables, barbeque grills, benches and trash cans are located throughout the park; public restrooms and a drinking fountain are open during park hours.
For facility reservations/additional information please contact the City of Sweet Home Parks Department at 541 367-8113.
Andrew J. Wiley Creek Park
This spacious ten acre park is located on the north end of 54th Avenue, at the base of Foster Dam. Bordered by the South Santiam River, this is a key location for launching drift boats to fish for Steelhead or Chinook salmon. For the water enthusiast Wiley Creek Park is the perfect spot to put in kayaks, inner-tubes or a variety of floating devices to enjoy a leisurely ride down the river. For landlubbers, Wiley Creek flows by on the park’s west boundary and provides vast opportunities to enjoy nature while wandering the riverside trails.
Clover Memorial Park
Located on First Avenue at the West edge of Sweet Home, visitors are greeted by a mini one acre park flourishing with beautiful blossoming plants and trees. Guests may enter the park by crossing the twenty foot, miniature Joel Whitmore covered bridge spanning the meandering Stone Brook Creek. Adopted by the Sweet Home Beautification Committee, this park is a veritable gardeners dream with beautiful flowers too numerous to name and an irrigation system. Easily accessible, there are strategically placed benches and picnic tables for those desiring a peaceful setting to relax and enjoy this hidden oasis.
This 10,000 square foot fenced skate park is centrally located at 1920 Long Street and provides recreational opportunities to skate, bike and skateboard in a safe, designated environment. The facility was built cooperatively by the City of Sweet Home and local Kiwanis Club on property donated by the Sweet Home School District. The facility provides appropriate opportunity to improve skills and tricks on a variety (15 pieces) of equipment such as ramps, a half-pipe, a quarter-pipe, jumps and obstacles. A water fountain, porta potty, bleachers and picnic tables are also provided for rest breaks and spectators.
This neighborhood park is located on Juniper Street at 28th Avenue and primarily serves the homes in the Ashbrook Estates subdivision. The grassy 1.4 acres provides a well maintained gravel trail system that offers a pleasant place for locals to stroll. Although there is only on-street parking, a handicap accessible ramp allows easy entrance off of Juniper Street at the south end of the park. In addition to a one-half sized basketball court; picnic tables, barbeque grills and a play structure add to the recreational appeal.
Linn County Parks
Lewis Creek Park
On the edge of beautiful Sweet Home’s Foster Reservoir is a favorite recreational attraction just 1.8 miles from the edge of town; Lewis Creek Park is a 40-acre retreat for outdoor fans. Paved trails wander through a shaded landscape providing an abundance of private as well as group picnic areas with picnic tables, barbeques and public restrooms. Families enjoy the *roped-off swim beach and open meadows for spur-of-the-moment Frisbee or ball games. There is easy lake accessibility for swimming and shoreline fishing. For those who prefer boating, skiing or personal watercraft there are plenty of moorage and boarding floats to draw crowds from mid-May through September. This is a handicapped-accessible, day use facility with a small entrance fee from Memorial through Labor Day.
*No life guard on site
McDowell Creek Park
This spectacular park is just minutes northwest of Sweet Home, but well worth the drive! McDowell Creek Park contains four breathtaking waterfalls connected by a common trail. Visitors can take a leisurely 3.3 mile easy walk winding through the beautiful forest and thick vegetation to see every waterfall, or visit single falls from individual parking lots.